Yesterday (21st January) I stood up in the European Parliament to call upon the Indian Government to release my constituent Nick Dunn and five other British ex-soldiers that were arrested alongside him. Whilst I appreciate that the Indian government has legitimate concerns over illegally held weapons, the circumstances of this specific case are unusual and I called upon the Indian Government to review the case.
Nick Dunn and his ‘AdvanFort’ colleagues were employed to fight against piracy and believed that they were working in accordance with the law. They have now been sentenced to five years of ‘rigorous imprisonment.’ It seems to me that these British citizens have simply ended up in the wrong place at the wrong time. It is my hope that if the case is reviewed, the Indian government will see fit to release them.
In such cases, I believe it is important to put aside tribal political differences and work together to achieve the right outcome for British citizens.
Jonathan Arnott MEP
UKIP, North East